Windstorm knocks out power to thousands; restoration continues


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Consumers Energy crews expect to have power fully restored to all of its customers Wednesday, a day after a windstorm knocked out power to more than 110,000 Michigan homes and businesses that rely on the company for power.

The northern and northeastern parts of the state were among the hardest hit in the state. However, Consumers Energy said 989 Kent County customers and 241 Ionia County customers were still in the dark Wednesday morning.

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Consumers Energy said a team of 1,200 workers had restored power to more than 65,000 customers affected by the windstorm Tuesday. The utility company expected to have power fully restored to homes and businesses statewide by 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The utility company cautions you should never approach a downed power line, and should assume a downed line is a power line rather than a telephone or cable line. People who come across a downed line should stay at least 25 feet away from it or anything it is touching, and call 911 and Consumers at 800.477.5050 immediately.

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